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Chromium-Based Opera 15 Now Available

By bobcat
Jul 2, 2013
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  1. July 2, 2013

    The final version of the all-new Opera browser hit Windows and Mac computers today with a fresh look and completely new features.

    Dubbed Opera Next 15, the system swapped out its own Presto rendering engine for Google's Chromium engine, in an effort to help webpages load faster "even in the toughest of network conditions," the Norway-based browser maker said recently.

    It sports a sleeker, more modern look, as well as the ability to search directly from a newly combined address-and-search bar — just start typing a webpage address or enter a search term to look for suggestions.

    The refreshed shortcuts feature known as Speed Dial now allows bookmarks to be gathered in folders and easily filtered; simply drag and drop one entry on top of another to create a folder, or use the new search field to find a specific page you once saved.

    More info:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421306,00.asp

    Downlaod:
    http://www.opera.com/
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,867   +889

  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    I don't like it & am wondering how long till it updates its self automatically. I downloaded the new version from techspot so I now have old & new versions.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,825   +1,436

    What exactly is it that you don't care for? I haven't tried it myself, so I don't know if I do or not.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    Well, 1st off these people that make things like computers (MS) & browsers & etc seldom if at all ask their users for input. They just do it the way they want it & we're forced to accept it or find another browser.
    Although I seldom use Opera, I stil got used to its layout & "finally" had it functioning pretty good.
    Now, with the newer one, I can't find a to make my homepage stay that way.
    If you like Opera the way it was, I don't think one will like a TOTALLY different opera.Just My Opinion:)
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,452   +620

    tl;dr - it's a Chrome clone.

    It's using the same Webkit engine as Chrome et al, so for some reason that also means a lot of the base features and appearance is the same. Address/search in one box. Tab appearance similar. No temporary download cache. There isn't enough difference between browsers to make Opera 'unique' anymore.
  7. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 688   +67

    I have been using Opera since the days it was ad supported. The reasons are three, in order of importance: Security, feel (including functionality), speed.

    Judging from experience, changes to something already good usually are for the worse. Of course, I’ll give the new version a fair try. But my preliminary comment is that if Opera users wanted chromium, they’d be using Chrome, not Opera.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    I'll stay with it for now, but if I can't easily figure it out, It'll be gone for good or unless they go back to the previous way.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    Problem solved. Ghostery was blocking it. LMBO :D
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    I'm very confused now. I still have two different copies/versions of Opera on my W7. I just updated the "older" version I have & here is a screen capture of it.
    Capture Opera.JPG
    This is the other version
    Capture Newer version Opera.JPG
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,825   +1,436

    They are basically two independent browsers, where both can be installed at the same time.

    You should be able to uninstall the old version if you wish. Do you have a listing for both browser versions in "Programs and Features"?
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

    Since I prefer the older version, I guess I'll keep it & remove the Opera next one.
    In Programs & Features
    Capture in Programs & features.JPG
  14. Lamont Briggs

    Lamont Briggs Newcomer, in training

    I hear the older version is better than the chrome based one. I do like chromium browsers though, so I'll give it a shot...so far I've been using the torch browser which is also chromium based.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,452   +620

    Yah, old version actually had features. O15 doesn't have squat. I guess the team will implement it after all their 'hard work' transitioning to new engine....
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,188   +230

  17. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 688   +67

  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,825   +1,436

    I tried finding what was new in 16 that was changed from 15. All I could find in a short search was download links and reviews for Opera Next.
  19. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,452   +620

    I downloaded 15 when it came out (note, this is stable version of Next) and it was 15.0.1147.141

    Latest download from Opera website is 15.0.1147.148. A very minor change.

    Opera Mail is now a standalone client: http://www.opera.com/computer/mail
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,825   +1,436

  21. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,452   +620



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